Trespassing leads to added charges for West Des Moines woman

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Mary Jo Street, 58, of West Des Moines was arrested Wednesday on charges of trespassing, possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts.


A West Des Moines woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trespassing on the lawn of her neighbor’s condo.

Mary Jo Street, 58, of 7425 Wistful Vista Dr., West Des Moines, was charged with first-offense trespassing, first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts.

The incident began about 6:45 p.m. in the 7400 block of Wistful Vista Drive in West Des Moines, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of trespassing.

The victim gave the officers a video that allegedly showed Street “on the front lawn near the large tree,” where she “attempted to pick up sticks” before she “walked around the side of the house and removed a storm gutter from the residence,” according to court records.

Street received a trespass notice for the property May 1, according to court records. Questioned by the officers, Street “admitted she was on the property earlier” Wednesday and said “she went over to gather an item she believed the reporting party had stolen from her.”

Street allowed the officers inside her residence while she acted “to gather items before going to jail,” and in the home “officers located a green, leafy substance.” Street “admitted the substance was marijuana,” according to court records.

Street allegedly “tensed up and attempted to pull away from officers” when they moved to handcuff her. When Street “was escorted to a patrol car” by the officers, she allegedly “extended her legs to prevent officers from escorting her,” in this way “forcing the officers to carry her to the patrol car.”

Street is held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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